Chrome tab sharing allows you to send tabs from one device to another. With Chrome tab sharing, you can have the same tabs open on your desktop as on your mobile phone. This means you can pick up from where you left off and keep working on the same stuff, whether at home or on the go. Here is how you can send tabs between devices on Chrome.
What You Need to Share Tabs in Chrome
To be able to share tabs in Chrome, you will need:
- Chrome 77 or later on your devices (Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, iOS)
- A synced Google account that you’re signed in to
- Open tabs you want to share
Now, let’s dive into the details.
How to Share Chrome Tabs from Desktop to Mobile (Android/iOS)
There are different ways you can share tabs in Chrome. Here’s how to send Chrome tabs from a desktop to an Android device.
1. Chrome Tab Sharing via QR Code
Open the Chrome browser on your desktop and go to the webpage or tab you want to send to your Android device.
Right-click on the webpage, scroll down and click on “Create QR code for this page.”
This will generate a QR code displayed at the top-right of your browser.
Open Chrome on your Android device and tap the three-dots button at the top right.
Tap the “Share” button, then “QR code.” A QR code will display under the SHARE tab. Tap on “SCAN” and point the camera at the QR code on your desktop.
The code will be scanned, and the tab will open on your Android device.
Alternatively, you can click the “Download” button beneath the QR code on your desktop. The code will be downloaded as a PNG file. Open the image and scan the code with your Android device. The page will now open on your Android device.
2. Chrome Tab Sharing via Webpage
Open Chrome on your desktop and go to the tab you want to send to your synced Android device.
Click on the webpage, scroll down and click “Send to [Device Name].”
You will receive a notification on your Android device. Tap on it to open the tab in your Chrome browser.
3. Chrome Tab Sharing via URL
You can also share Chrome tabs by clicking on a URL. To do this, open a Chrome tab on your desktop and click on the URL address to highlight it.
Right-click on the highlighted URL and click “Send to [Device name].”
Tap on the push notification to open the Chrome tab on your Android.
4. Chrome Tab Sharing via the Laptop Icon in Address Bar
To share Chrome tabs via the address bar, open the tab you want to send. Click within the address bar, then click on the “Send this page” laptop icon to your right.
Select the target device from the list and click on it to send the tab. You will see a “Sending … ” alert between the laptop and QR code icons. Tap on the notification to view the page on your Android device.
How to Send Tabs from Android to Desktop
You can also send tabs from your Android device to your desktop in one of two ways. Here’s how.
Open your Chrome browser and go to the tab you want to send to your desktop. Tap the three dots (More menu), scroll down and tap the “Share” button. This will open a menu at the bottom.
Tap “Send to your devices.” Select the synced device you want to send the tab to and tap on it.
The tab will be sent to your online desktop as a webpage. Tap on it to open the tab in Chrome.
Here’s an alternative way to send tabs from Android to desktop.
Open the tab you want to send in your Chrome browser. Tap the address box, then the Share button. Tap “Send to your devices.” Select the device and tap to send.
Tap the notification on your desktop to open the tab and continue what you were doing.
How to Share Chrome Tabs on Your iPhone or iPad
Open your Chrome app and tap Share inside the address bar. Tap “Send to your devices.”
Select which synced device you want to send the tab to. You will receive a notification when it arrives. Tap to open the tab.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What do I need to use Chrome’s tab sharing feature?
You need Chrome 77 or later on a Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS, Android, or iOS device. You also need to be signed in and have Chrome sync turned on.
2. Can I send multiple tabs at once?
Presently, you can only send tabs one at a time.
3. Can I send a tab to multiple devices at once?
You may only send one tab to one device at a time.
4. Can I share tabs offline?
Yes, you can initiate tab sharing offline, but both devices need to be online for you to complete the action.
5. How long does it take to send/receive tabs?
Tab sharing occurs in real-time, provided both devices are online.
6. Do incoming tab notifications disappear?
No, they don’t disappear. When you’re ready, simply tap on the sent tab to pick up from where you left off.
Other Ways to Share Tabs and Files
There are several other ways to share tabs and files between and across devices. You can share files between Android and Windows, use Nearby Share, and share between Mac and PC on your network, among others.
These file-sharing resources help you to synchronize your data and activities across devices, services, and networks.